Matthew Desmond | Poverty, by America

Tue, April 4, 2023 7:30 P.M.
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Sociologist Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, the “exhaustively researched, vividly realized and, above all, unignorable” (The New York Times) account of eight Milwaukee families experiencing economic hardship  and an analysis of the larger system of economic exploitation that put them there. The Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and the founding director of the Eviction Lab, Desmond is the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, the author of the award-winning book On the Fireline, the editor of a collection of scholarly studies about deprivation, and the co-author of two books on race. Poverty, by America synthesizes history, research, and firsthand reporting to offer a bracing argument about how our country’s wealthy knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor.

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Masks are welcome are but not required.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
If you purchase a book with ticket, you will collect your book when you enter the auditorium
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books
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